Man accused of killing wife, ordering take-out to remain in jail

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Norman Long was charged six weeks after his wife's lifeless body was found in the family's backyard pool

WOOLWICH TWP. -- The man who was arrested for allegedly killing his wife of 15 years, dumping her body in the backyard swimming pool and then going for take-out at Applebee's as a cover-up, Wednesday was ordered held in jail until his detention hearing. 

Norman Long, 51, appeared in court for his first appearance alongside his attorneys, Lilia Londar and Daniel Rybeck. 

Judge Kevin Smith stated Norman would be held based on a public safety assessment performed on Tuesday. Smith noted that a violence flag was placed and that it was recommended Norman not be released. 

Paper towels, wood cleaner and takeout: the coverup of a wife's alleged killing

Michelle Long, 47, was found dead in the swimming pool of the family's Forrest Court home in Woolwich Township along with the family dog on June 17. After an autopsy it was determined that Michelle died of blunt force trauma to the head and neck.

Bloody paper towels were found in the trashcan and floor cleaner was found stashed in the dishwasher. 

Norman was arrested six weeks later for the crime. He faces three criminal charges  -- murder, tampering with evidence and obstruction of the law. He faces 30 years to life for the murder charges if convicted and a up to 18 months for the other charges. 

Norman will appear in court for a detention hearing on Aug. 16 at 11 a.m.

Caitlyn Stulpin may be reached at cstulpin@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @caitstulpin. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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